Three Portland-area EAGLE students (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) earned full housing and tuition scholarships to the University of Oregon starting fall 2016 through the Evans Scholars Program: Madison High School senior Ngoc Le, Franklin High’s Xingling Guan, and Parkrose High senior Demetrius Wallace.
Ngoc Le (pronounced knock lee) is a Vietnamese immigrant who has lived in Portland since 2012. She attends Madison High School and lives with her mother and stepfather. As a high school freshman in the fall of 2012, Ngoc only spoke a handful of English words. By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, she earned a 3.9 GPA and was able to successfully exit Madison High’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She volunteers with the Oregon Food Bank, and is a member of both the Madison Garden Club and Viet Group. Ngoc plans on majoring in biochemistry in college, with a goal to help eliminate unhealthy chemicals and other pollutants from the environment.
Xingling Guan (pronounced shingling gwahn) and her parents moved to Portland from China in the summer of 2012, seeking better educational opportunities. She attends Franklin High School, where she holds a cumulative GPA of 3.955, having received only a single B in her high school career. According to her Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Xingling is an outstanding student and a strong critical thinker, tenacious and eagerly seeking out challenges to strengthen her skills. Xingling plans on studying biochemistry at U of O, with the goal of becoming a dentist.
Demetrius Wallace attends Parkrose High School. He says his highest priority in life is education, as his 3.9 GPA can attest. His grandmother raised him until she passed away in 2013, and he is now raised by his step-grandfather. Demetrius says his grandmother taught him that anything is possible through hard work and dedication. He adds that she gave him a solid foundation and even now, inspires him to never give up. Along with a classmate, Demetrius founded the Parkrose Chess Club. According to his school counselor, Demetrius is a hard worker, dedicated, kind, and respectful, with a great amount of integrity. Demetrius plans on studying business administration.
Evans Scholarships are supported by the Western Golf Association, and valued at more than $80,000 over four years. The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, being in the top 10% of one's high school class, and two years either caddying or working in the golf business.
The EAGLE program is a unique internship program that is a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and public high schools located within the city of Portland, aimed at introducing students to all aspects of golf course operation. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage, receive work credit hours, and have a mentor who monitors their progress. In addition, scholarship opportunities are available from their involvement in our program. Since 1992, over 80 students have successfully completed college on Evans Scholarships received through PP&R’s EAGLE program. As a part of the EAGLE program, Guan, Le, and Wallace served as caddies for 80 separate 18-hole rounds during the 2014 and 2015 summer golf seasons.
“I offer my heartiest congratulations to these students for showing tremendous drive and initiative,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I am proud they have earned the Evans Scholarships to continue their education, demonstrating the success of an important Portland Parks & Recreation partnership with public high schools.”
“These are three extremely impressive students, and I can see many more exciting milestones in Ngoc, Xingling and Demetrius’ futures,” says Parks Director Mike Abbaté. “I’m proud that they have worked so hard in school, and in the EAGLE program, to be able to continue their superb academic achievement, and on scholarship. The EAGLE program is one more way we provide our mission of ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’.”